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New report calls for psychosocial care for all patients with cancer.


The Institute of Medicine held a special committee to look at the delivery of psychosocial services to patients with cancer and their families and identify ways to improve provision of care. Results are published in Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs (2007, National Academies Press).

The findings state that many patients with cancer have psychosocial needs. Although the supply of services is insufficient to address all patient needs, untapped resources exist, frequently at no additional cost. Patients, however, often are unaware of the resources. The committee proposed that attention to patients' psychosocial needs be incorporated into practice and recommends that all cancer care practitioners provide appropriate psychosocial services by

* Facilitating effective communication between patients and providers

* Identifying patients' psychosocial health needs

* Designing and implementing a plan that

--Links patients with needed psychosocial services

--Coordinates biomedical and psychosocial care

--Engages and supports patients in managing their illness and health

* Systematically following up with patients, reevaluating, and adjusting plans.

ONS is joining the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) in disseminating the findings at the February 2008 APOS Conference by generating discussion among multidisciplinary healthcare professionals to plan strategies for implementing the recommendations.

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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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